Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden STEM participation

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation by women, military veterans and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Click here to send a letter now.


Advocacy spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate

ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter interviews ASBMB member William T. Booth II, a military veteran and advocate, about the needs and experiences of veterans in STEM. Read more here. Click here to send a letter urging your U.S. senator to back Senate Bill 153, the Supporting Veterans in STEM Act. 


House bill pushes NIH to address sexual harassment

The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee introduced a funding bill in late April that included language instructing the National Institutes of Health to be more proactive in addressing sexual harassment in the science community. Read more here.


Some STEM graduate programs eliminate GRE requirement for applicants

Several biomedical graduate programs are abandoning the Graduate Record Examination tests. While 44% of molecular biology Ph.D. programs and 30% of neuroscience Ph.D. programs in 2018 no longer require GRE scores, a vast majority of chemistry, physics and other science programs still require the test. Read more here.


Two neuroscientists fired from Emory University for unreported ties to China

Neuroscience researchers Li Xiao-Jiang and Li Shihua were fired from Emory University for failing to report research funding from China. Li Xiao-Jiang denied any wrongdoing and said that Emory did not explain why they were fired. Representatives from Emory said in a statement that the university had fired the two researchers for failing to “fully disclose foreign sources of research funding and the extent of their work for research institutions and universities in China.” Read more here.

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